This article examines the telling of ghost stories of Indigenous Australians who were removed from their families during Australia's assimilation era. Known as the Stolen Generations, this group of people were subjected to institutionalisation, adoption, and forced removals from their families, communities and Aboriginal country. In many of my ethnographic encounters with Stolen Generations, I was steadily drawn into their world of ghosts and hauntings. This article reflects on the challenge for the ethnographer in thinking with and through such encounters with the uncanny. It asks how we should approach the ghost as a real entity as well as a metaphorical, interpretative lens through which to understand the transgenerational trauma and suffering inflicted by settler colonial violence.
- Indigenous Australia
- Stolen Generations
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics - Senior Lecturer
- The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
Person: Research, Academic